Allen B. "Smokey" Smooke
July 27, 2017

Visitation Information

July 30 2017 - 1:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

Funeral Information

July 30 2017 - 2:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

SMOOKE, ALLEN B. "SMOKEY":  On Thursday, July 27, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Edith (Ruder) Smooke. Beloved father of Dr. Joel E. (Kerry) Smooke, Shelley (Alex) Rapport, Ronna (Dr. Ronald) Manglaviti and the late Irwin W. Smooke. Father-in-law of Kathie Green. Brother of  Sylvia (late Ben) Gross, Betty (late Edward) Miller, Faye (late Seymour) Schwartz and the late Jerome "Jerry" (late Delores) Smooke. Brother-in-law of the late Harry (late Betty) Ruder and the late Herbert "Hymie" Ruder. Grandfather of Dr. Adam (Jacqueline) Smooke, Jesse (Krysta) Rapport, Eric Smooke, Molly Smooke-Feinberg (Michael) and Ian Manglaviti. Great-grandfather of Gabrielle S. Rapport, Madison Smooke and Hannah Smooke. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; especially Zona Castalano and Lil Markowitz and dear friend forever Richard McBride and T.A. Johnson whom Allen both treated as sons. Allen was a WWII veteran as well as a Past Commander of the Jewish War Veteran Post 299. He was a member of the Homestead Synagogue and also a chairman (Gabbie) of the Homestead Hebrew Cemetery. Allen was a soft drink distributor for 58 years in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas known as "Smokey" the pop man for his gold dollars. He will be remembered for being generous to a fault. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Sunday at 2 PM. Visitation one hour prior to services (1 - 2 PM). Interment Homestead Hebrew Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Homestead Hebrew Cemetery, 5915 Beacon Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or Yeshiva Achei Tmimim, 6401 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.


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Even though we only knew him for six months, we loved him. Every shabbes for the last six months we spoke with him every Saturday at shul. He always made us feel welcome. I think he loved us and we loved him. He was full of life, sharp mind, excellent memory, and a sweet, kind, generous man who loved davening and Yiddishkeit. He was in a class by himself. We miss him.

By Simone Shapiro - July 30, 2017

We were so happy to have visited uncle Abbie 2 years ago, when we were in Pittsburgh. He was incredibly loving, he had homade corned beef sandwiches for us. He gave each of us a gold dollar and a Pittsburghese t-shirt.

By Wanida and Joey Lebowitz - July 30, 2017

We loved Zaddie and will miss him very much!

By Joan & David Lebow - July 29, 2017

We loved Zaddie and will miss him very much!

By Joan & David Lebow - July 29, 2017

Zaddie was such a great Zaddie! I am so glad I was able to get to know him. Love, Joan & David

By Joan Lebow - July 28, 2017

Zeidy will be missed so much! We loved him and his amazing spirit. May his blessed memory be a comfort to everyone who loved him and knew him well.

By Sharon and Rich Maloney - July 28, 2017

Uncle Abbie was a true Mensch. He treated our father Ben like a true Brother when he came to Pgh. penniless as a Holocaust Survivor. He helped all of us realize the importance of our Judaism and traditions through example and actions, not words-stern as they could be! Rest in Peace and keep us all free and safe. Moishe Pipik

By The Sylvia Gross Family - July 28, 2017

Always a gentle man. Always a kind word.

By Sandy Riemer - July 28, 2017